Dr Murray Sinclair


  • Visiting Fellow

Murray is a Visiting Fellow in the ESoS research group, continuing his association with Loughborough University. His contributions to the group are in Human-Systems Integration, and more specifically in knowledge lifecycle management systems, organisational and cultural aspects of enterprise modeling, robots as co-workers in organisations, the dynamic allocation of functions and the design of complex systems, including Systems of Systems and Cyber-Physical Systems. These interests are based on applied research in a number of industrial domains, including aerospace, autobiles, clothing and foodstuffs.

Murray is currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and of INCOSE. He is active in the development of the BSI draft standard, BS 8611, concerned with ethical behaviour by robots and other autonomous devices.

Murray has qualifications in three disciplines; a BSc in Chemistry, an MSc in Ergonomics and an EngD in Organisational Engineering and Performance.

He is now retired, but still active in University applied research, mainly in the behaviour of robots as co-workers with humans, the design of Cyber-Physical Systems, and of Systems of Systems.

Research interests

Murray’s research interests are mainly in three areas:

  • The behaviour of robots as co-workers with humans.  The main contribution is in playing an active part in the development of BS 8611 ‘Robots and robotic devices — Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems’.
  • The design of Cyber-Physical Systems.  While most attention in this area is in the design and interoperation of devices (mainly sensors and actuators) by means of the Internet of Things and the manifold layers of software to design, manage and maintain the functioning of these devices over time. There are many roles for humans sprinkled throughout such CPS, to provide guidance, governance, maintenance, re-direction, and resilience.  These human roles will occur within organizational structures that need to be designed, along with the usual issues of safety, security, privacy, competence development, authority and responsibility characteristic of roles.
  • Sustainability, manufacturing and Systems of Systems.  Dealing with Global Drivers (energy security, demographic change, water and food security, materials re-use, emissions and climate change) so that we can leave a safe, efficient society for our children will make considerable demands on manufacturing, both to develop the devices that will address the unwanted effects of the global drivers, and to be efficient and effective in so doing.  Efficient, effective, resource-conserving manufacturing is fundamental to a sustainable future, but the domain requires much research to achieve this state.